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Volume Activation - Windos 2012 R2 and Windows 2008 R2

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Hello

I've got a Windows 2012 R2 server (serverA) that I'm successfully using to activate 2012 R2 servers using AD Activation.
I now need to activate 2008 R2 servers.

I was looking to use the same ServerA to also activate 2008 R2 servers through KMS as well as activating 2012 R2 through AD Activation

When I use the Volume Activation Tools to install the 2008 R2 Host key, I get the following :- please see attached screenshot
activation-error.docx
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Question by:nico-
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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are you using the correct KMS product key?
Windows Server 2008 R2 Web                  6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC edition     TT8MH-CG224-D3D7Q-498W2-9QCTX
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard          YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise        489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter       74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648

AFAIK you need to use a lower version server with updates to KMS to activate that version and higher versions. Not sure you can go the other way have higher version activate lower version
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nico- earned 0 total points
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have found the answer before checking in to see other answers ..

the answer is "yes" .. online AD activation and KMS activation can occur on the same server ..
I was using a downlevel license key which prompted the error
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by:nico-
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was tinkering in the lab and found the answer before checking back
hadn't put the correct CLVLK KMS Host Key in
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